Lou Criscuolo

January 23, 1934 - December 13, 2014
Lou Criscuolo


Lou Criscuolo, founder of Opera House Theatre Company, of Wilmington died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at his home.

He was born January 23, 1934 in New York City the son of the late Aniello Criscuolo and Giovanna Madonna Criscuolo.

Lou was a talented actor and patron of the arts who founded the Opera House Theatre Company and forever changed the perception of performing arts in the Wilmington area. He was an active member of the Screen Actors Guild, loved film, live theater and all forms of art and antiques. He was a man who left a legacy to the community through theater. He worked with beautiful people and loved beautiful things.

Lou served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army which was followed by an education with the prestigious Screen Actors Studio. He was known for numerous appearances in movies, tv and on stage and for his dedication to the entertainment industry throughout his career.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Jeanne Price Criscuolo; children, Gregory Criscuolo, Maria Criscuolo Day (Gregory), Neil Criscuolo (Patty), Michael Criscuolo and Carla Criscuolo; granddaughter, Lily Day; grandson, Gian Carlo Criscuolo; step children, Melanie Ballard (David), Don Paul Miller III, Alice Morgan Sherwood and Mary Anita Morgan; brothers, Fred Criscuolo (Jean), Pat Criscuolo (Lydia), and Sal Criscuolo (Rose); and numerous other loving family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 16 North 16th St. Wilmington, NC 28401. The family will gather at the Criscuolo home following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Opera House Theatre Company, the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation or charity of one’s choice.

Please share condolences and memories with the family at wilmingtoncares.com

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • December 17, 2014
    Stephanie says:
    Hi Aunt Jeanne, I am so sorry for your loss. I think of you often and will have you and Lou in my prayers. I love and miss you! Stephanie

  • December 17, 2014
    Tamara Mercer says:
    Lou Criscuolo left Wilmington not only a better place but gave the community a sense of place that is now and forever nationally known for the Wilmington cultural arts.

  • December 16, 2014
    jane peterson says:
    My life in Wilmington was enriched by knowing Lou…..my deepest sympathy to his family and to his dear friends. His magic touched so many and that is his wonderful and enduring legacy.

  • December 18, 2014
    Gabe Miller says:
    As a longtime friend of Lou's son Greg, I just want to say how sorry I am about his passing and how pleased I am that he left such a remarkable legacy—the theater and his family, especially Greg. Much love, Gabe

  • December 18, 2014
    Delia Monroe says:
    Dear Greg. So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with you. Hope it see you during my next visit to NY. It's been too long. Love, Delia